Netporn: DIY Web Culture and Sexual Politics - Critical Media Studies: Institutions, Politics, and Culture (Hardback)Katrien Jacobs (author)
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Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Number of pages: 218
Weight: 417 g
Dimensions: 226 x 148 x 19 mm
Pornography drives new technologies. Avant-garde porn enthusiasts and producers have a passion to learn about Webcams, video streaming, blogs, and peer-to-peer file exchanges. Katrien Jacobs is one such pioneer who takes the reader on a journey into the world of Internet porn. Jacobs provides cutting-edge scholarship on understudied cyber-subcultures that have grown up around the sharing of sexually explicit materials as she models a new type of cultural research for the digital age. It should be read by all those interested in the questions surrounding the intersection of technology, identity, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and cyber-culture. The sections on warporn and Abu Ghraib and on the netporn "blogolution" in greater China are two highlights. Jacobs clearly shows that sex and the digital revolution go far beyond Euro-American networks. -- Gina Marchetti, Professor, Department of Comparative Literature, University of Hong Kong
In resistance to the restrictive economy of the state and capital, as well as the rigid and globalizing nation-state surveillance Web, net porn practitioners in Jacobs's study are not only swapping porn and exchanging juicy scenes, but also staging pleasurable even sublime experiences through creating disorderly tastes and desires that enact the exuberance and ecstasy of our culture. As such, Netporn constitutes a powerful and timely intervention into the infringing and criminalizing power of the growing exclusive society as well as the regulatory state. -- Josephine Ho, National Central University
Jacobs's alluring book turns up the heat on media theory in its analysis of the world of Internet pornography. It represents the complex world of producing and consuming Internet pornography as a critical space of subcultural sexual experiments, and in so doing, compels us to experience the morphing patterns of arousal, at both the intellectual and bodily levels. Netporn is a serious academic achievement, even as it offers us a sweet temptation. -- John Nguyet Erni, Lingnan University, Hong Kong; author, Unstable Frontiers: Technomedicine And the Cultural Politics of Curing AIDS
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